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, is traveling with the president in malaysia. >> reporter: on a trip to asia dominated by crisis diplomacy, the president took a moment today to be retrospective, telling young asian leaders not to have any regrets and sharing one of his biggest. >> i regret not having spent more time with my mother, because she died early. she got cancer right around when she was my age, actually. it happened very fast, in about six months. >> reporter: the president's mother, ann dunham, died from ovarian cancer in 1995 when she was just 52. while the president titled his memoirs "dreams from my father," it was his mother who he says he should have done more for. >> i didn't always reach out. and communicate with her. ask her about what she was doing. and tell her about things. >> reporter: he says he was too busy with his own life, a rebellious teen. >> i realized that i didn't every single day or at least more often just spend time with her and find out what she was thinking and what she was doing because she had been such an important part of my life. >> reporter: the president's mother spent nearly h
this saturday as tension mount there. president obama is in malaysia but he's preparing for tougher sanctions against putin coming as early as monday. abc's chief white house correspondent jonathan karl asking the president will those sanctions really change anything president putin is up to. >> reporter: good evening, david. with the prime minister of ukraine accusing russia of trying to start world war 3, president obama has tried to turn up the heat and brokered a deal with the european leaders to slap another round of sanctions on russia. it was a lavish welcome for president obama in malaysia but president obama is now ratcheting up the pressure on president putin. another round of sanctions coming as soon as monday will hit cronies near putin's inner circle. the russian economy is already paying a price. s & p cut russia's credit rating above junk bond status and investors have pulled 70 billion dollars out of the country since the beginning of the year. >> president putin is not a stupid man, and i think he recently acknowledged that this has already had an impact. >> you acknowledge s
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